Youth Week of Prayer 2018: Leadership and Character – People of the Bible

EDITORIAL by Maria Manderson

We are at a crossroad in our lives. We need the Lord more than ever. As we read the
stories of these biblical characters let us ask God to help us examine our own characters.
Let us come to God like Jacob did…wrestle with God until He blesses you.

Speaking of Jacob, God took him on a very interesting journey to work on his character;
to show that He can take a crooked character and make it straight. Jacob stole his
twin brother Esau’s birthright, and when Esau found out Jacob had to run away from
home. He ran away to his uncle Laban, fell in love with his daughter Rachael and had
to work seven years to get her as his wife. The morning after the wedding he discovered
that he was tricked, he had married the older sister Leah. He had to work an additional
seven years for Rachael, a total of 14 years for the two wives. He spent a total
of 20 years in Laban’s house, and during those 20 years God was able to work on his
character. He had to be molded like the clay in the potter’s hand. He had to seek God
privately for himself. (Read about this story in Genesis). Even after God makes a covenant
with us we cannot guarantee how he is going to work on our character. That’s
for God to choose, not us.

Use this week to begin the change in your life. He wants us to draw closer to Him, to be
our everything. That’s what he wants…an intimate, abiding relationship with you.
Let us put away pride, arrogance, self-sufficiency, and indifference…God resists the
proud. Does that mean He no longer loves us? No, He still loves us, but the Bible says
pride will always make God pull back from us. [Read James 4:6 and Psalm 138:6]

Lord we know that you left heaven and came down for the needy and broken hearted,
and today we come to you broken and desperate. We want to serve you. We want to
love you EVERY MINUTE OF EVERY DAY. We want to praise you everyday. Help us
Jesus. Help us to appreciate your sacrifice.

We cannot change our lives Lord, but you can. Please help us recognize our great need
of you and praise you with our whole heart.

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim
good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free. (Luke 4:18, New
International Version)

You can download the Youth Week of Prayer Material here – 2018_YWOP